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MAKING RIGHT CHOICES 

Scripture: 1 Kings 3:3–14; Matthew 19:16–22; Mark 1:16–20; 2 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 11:23–27

Memory verse: Colossians 3:1
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God."

Lead—In

Bring these items to class: a beautiful flower hidden in a plastic bag, and a piece of rotten fruit wrapped in a beautiful package.

Ask the students which package they would take if they had a choice. You might want to take a vote and record the results on the chalkboard. Ask several why they chose the package they did. Then ask the students what they think might be in the packages.

After a few minutes of discussion, select a student to open the beautiful package. Have another student open the plastic bag. Instruct them to display the contents at the same time. Note the students’ responses.

Explain that things are not always as they appear. Because of this, we need to be careful in the choices we make, seeking guidance through God’s Word and wise adults before we make important decisions. Tell your students that this week’s study is about men who made their choices—both good and bad.

Hearing God’s Word

Ask: “If you were able to have anything you wanted, what would you choose?” (Allow responses. Write some of the responses on the chalkboard.)

All of us have to make choices. In fact, we make choices every day. We decide what to wear, what activities to participate in during our free time, and how to spend our money.

Solomon’s Choice

Did you know the Bible says a lot about making choices? One of these instances is found in 1 Kings 3:3–14. (Let the students find these verses.)

Solomon, David’s son, had become king of Israel. He loved God just as his father had. One night, while Solomon was sleeping, God appeared to him in a dream. What did God ask Solomon? (Ask a student to read 2 Kings 3:5.)

Ask: “How would you feel if God were to ask you what He could give you? How would you answer?” (Encourage discussion.)

What was Solomon’s answer? Solomon could have asked for almost anything and God would have given it to him. But he asked for wisdom in order to be a wise leader. He did not ask for things to benefit himself. What did God think of Solomon’s answer? (Ask a student to read 1 Kings 3:10.) God was pleased with Solomon’s answer. Because of his choice, God honoured Solomon. Making right choices is not always easy, but it will bring God’s blessing.

Good and Bad Choices

The Bible also speaks about others who made choices.

Ask: “Can you think of some of them?”

Matthew had been a tax collector before he met Jesus. No doubt he made quite a bit of money in this occupation. But when Matthew met Jesus, he left everything to follow Him. Matthew knew riches could not bring happiness the way Jesus can.

Peter, Andrew, James and John were in the fishing business. But when Jesus called to them one day, they left their boats and nets and followed Him. They made the decision to follow Jesus. They became four of His disciples.

The Old Testament tells about a time when Moses was faced with a hard decision. (Ask a student to read Hebrews 11:23–27) Moses grew up as a prince in Pharaoh’s palace. He had the finest things available to him. Yet Moses chose to give up all those things and help God’s people, the Israelites. By doing so, Moses was putting his life in danger. But Moses made the decision to serve God, and God used him to lead the Israelites out of slavery and into the Promised Land. Moses gave up temporary comforts for God’s eternal blessings.

But not everyone makes the right decisions, like the ones Moses and Solomon made. One such example was the rich young ruler. (Ask a student to read Matthew 19:16–22.) This young man came to Jesus seeking eternal life. Jesus knew this man’s greatest interest was his wealth. Jesus told the man to give his money to the poor and follow Him. But the rich man loved his money too much. He made the decision to keep his wealth and refused to follow Jesus.

Ask: “How did his choice affect him eternally?” (Allow responses.)

Another man who made a poor choice was someone we do not hear about very often. His name was Demas. (Ask a student to read 2 Timothy 4:10.) Apparently Demas had been one of Paul’s helpers. But Demas got tired of living for Jesus. He left Paul’s ministry and began living for his own pleasure. Demas chose temporary pleasures over the eternal rewards of serving Jesus.

The Most Important Choice

Let us think about choices you might have to make in life.

Ask: “What is the most important choice anyone can make?”  (Allow response)

Without question, the most important choice you or anyone can make is whether or not to accept Jesus as Saviour. That choice will affect you now and for all eternity. Choosing not to serve Jesus is the same as choosing to serve Satan. People do not like to think of it that way, but it is true.

The Need for Christian Friends

Your choice of whether or not to serve Jesus will affect many other decisions in your life. Our memory verse this week talks about the things we should choose or seek. (Review the memory verse with the students.)

Ask: “What kind of choices do we need Jesus’ help with?” (Allow responses.)

One very important choice is our friends.

Ask: “What makes a good friend?” (Allow responses. List the characteristics on the chalkboard.)

In thinking about the many characteristics of a good friend, we must keep something very important in mind. Your closest friends ought to believe in and live for Jesus as you do. In some situations, however, that may not be possible because there are no other Christian students in your school or neighbourhood. If that is your case, keep praying for God to send Christian friends your way. Keep living for Jesus and being a good witness for Him. You never know whom God wants to speak to through you. You could be the way someone in your school can come to know Jesus. What a wonderful way to find Christian friends!

Ask: “Why is it important that our closest friends be Christians?” (Allow responses.)

Many times non-Christian friends see nothing wrong with lying, cheating, or disobeying authorities. If you run around with people with those values, you will end up doing one of two things—going along with them or constantly explaining why you cannot do what they want to do. In many cases the influence of the wrong is much stronger than the influence of the right. You will end up being the one to give in. With Christian friends, you will not have to constantly worry about that. They will help you grow in God, instead of encouraging you to do what you know is wrong.

Be Careful What You Watch

Another important choice has to do with our selection of entertainment. Satan is using the entertainment business to destroy Christian principles. Movies and TV programs are a powerful influence on youth and adults. Now it is no longer necessary to attend theatres to watch movies that promote sinful things. Video rental services are in almost every town so anyone can select these movies and watch them at home. Does it matter what we watch on TV as long as we go to church on Sundays? You may not think so, but it does. What does the Bible have to say about entertainment? (Ask a student to read Luke 6:45.) This means that our words come from what is in our hearts.

Ask: “What do you think that means? And what does it have to do with movies and TV programs?” (Allow responses.)

In this verse Jesus is stating a very simple but important fact—what you put into your heart and mind comes out in your speech and actions. If you are continually entertained by things that promote sex, violence, bad language, and rebellion, that is what is stored in your mind. If you regularly see and hear those kinds of things, that is what will eventually be expressed in your words and actions.

Maybe you think, “I am mature, I can handle sex and violence in movies and on TV. As soon as I have seen the movie, I forget all about it.” But your mind does not forget it. It constantly stores information deep within your subconscious. If you put wrong thoughts there, Satan can use them to affect your personality and attitudes. The solution is to keep from putting the information there in the first place.

Accepting God’s Word

Ask: “Can you think of another wise choice we must make?” (Allow responses.)

We must also be careful about the kind of music we listen to. A lot of rock music and traditional music has songs about things that are wrong and do not please God. Songs often focus on sex or drugs or divorce. Others make fun of people who are in authority over us, such as parents, teachers, or policemen.

You may say, “I do not care about the words, I just listen to the music and the beat.” Again your brain absorbs the lyrics along with the music, and Satan will remind you about what you have heard. He will use wrong suggestions to break down good attitudes and cause you to think and act in unchristian ways. There is a big variety of Christian music on the market today. Find Christian music that fits your style and absorb lyrics that are good.

Reaching Oceania

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Unreached Tribes of Oceania

1. The 33 unreached tribes of 25 island countries to receive the gospel,
2. Messengers prepared by learning the islands languages,
3. Messengers present the gospel and see entire families come to faith in Jesus.

Prayer Promise

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household" (Acts 16:31).

Remember: MAKING RIGHT CHOICES 

Memory verse: Colossians 3:1
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God."

1. I choose to follow Jesus, to live like Jesus, and to be His disciple.
2. I want the Bible to guide all my choices and decisions.
3. As for me, I choose to please God in every area of my life.

Pray for Unreached Tribes of Oceania.

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